Erwin Stricker

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErwin•Stricker
Used nameErwin•Stricker
Nick/petnamesCavallo Pazzo
Born15 August 1950 in Mattighofen, Oberösterreich (AUT)
Died28 September 2010 in Bolzano, Bolzano-Bozen (ITA)
Measurements172 cm / 74 kg
NOC Italy


Erwin Stricker, born in Austria, relocated to South Tyrol, his parent’s home country, at the age of five and became a member of the Italian national ski team in 1969. He achieved excellent results in all disciplines and got the nickname “Cavallo Pazzo” (Crazy Horse) due to his aggressive style of skiing. During his career, which ended in 1979, he developed several technical innovations for skiing, like curved ski poles and an aerodynamic helmet. Later on he was active as a businessman in several fields, running a business renting skis and bicycles, initiating winter fairs, and helping to popularize skiing in China and Russia. Shortly after his 60th birthday and his last trip to China he died from cancer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) ITA Erwin Stricker
Slalom, Men (Olympic) DQ
1976 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) ITA Erwin Stricker
Downhill, Men (Olympic) DNF


DOB incorrectly seen as 15 January 1950 in Wikipedia and several other sources.